The new Mercedes Benz S-Class Saloon has been heralded as 2006’s Best Luxury Car by respected motoring magazine What Car? - the second award it’s received in the past month, and before it’s even gone on sale in the UK.
Arriving in showrooms on 16 March, the new S-Class combines state-of-the-art technology with effortless performance and peerless refinement. It’s a view that helped the experts at What Car? reach their verdict:
“Every decade, Mercedes Benz launches a new S-Class, and every decade, the rest of the world gasps in amazement,” explained David Motton, Editor of What Car? magazine. “The new model won a rare five-star What Car? rating, obliterating strong opposition and rewriting one or two rules along the way. At a stroke, it has become the best luxury car on sale.”
David Motton concluded: “Our chosen S 500 provides effortless performance and is supremely refined. The S-Class isn’t merely a technological tour de force. It’s a perfect example of machines making our lives easier - and a lot more comfortable. Now that’s real luxury.”
At a ceremony at Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London, the Best Luxury Car trophy was presented to Hans-Dieter Multhaupt - DaimlerChrysler’s Vice President Program Management and Development S-Class; SL-Class; SLK-Class and Maybach.
Mr Multhaupt said: “It is a real honour to receive such a prestigious award for our new model. It is always a challenge to replace a motoring icon as widely respected as the S-Class, but throughout the development phase our engineers were confident that the latest car would quickly establish itself as a proud successor to previous generations.
“The S-Class has always pioneered new technologies and new levels of luxury, and with safety innovations like Nightview Assist, Brake Assist PLUS and DISTRONIC PLUS we have once again taken a significant step forward.”
With two awards already, the new S-Class, costing from £54,975 on the road (S 320 CDI) looks set to become the new benchmark for luxury motoring. With its wealth of innovations - including Brake Assist PLUS, enhanced COMAND, PRE-SAFE and upgraded dynamic multi-contour seats with a choice of massage options - S-Class customers can look forward to driving the technology of tomorrow in the car of today.Published 22 January 2006